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Judge Bars Law Tribune’s Publication of Family Law Article

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

In a ruling from the bench Monday, Nov. 24, New Britain Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini enjoined the Connecticut Law Tribune from publishing an article based on a court document that had previously been published on the Judicial Branch website.


Mark Dubois: Aging Attorneys Taking Toll on Legal Profession

By Mark Dubois |

Much of lawyering is a young person's game.

Law Firm Owner Arrested in Prostitution Sting

By Law Tribune Staff |

The head of a small criminal defense and personal injury law firm was among six people arrested Nov. 14 in an undercover prostitution sting in Southington.

Frank Appicelli

In Bingham's Wake, Morgan Lewis Gains Conn. Foothold

By Jay Stapleton |

Nearly all of the attorneys in Bingham McCutchen's Hartford office will be absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius by the end of November, with more than 25 lawyers making the move to Morgan Lewis.

Bingham Disappears From Conn. As International Firm Swoops In

By Jay Stapleton |

Nearly all of the Hartford office of Bingham McCutchen will be absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius by the end of the month, with more than 25 lawyers making the move to Morgan Lewis.

Judge John Downey

Downey Recalled as American Hero and One-of-a-Kind Judge

By Jay Stapleton |

With his thoughtful approach to matters such as juvenile delinquency, family unity and the care of children, Superior Court Judge John T. Downey took it upon himself to make sure the juvenile courts in the state were taken seriously.

Lawyer's Writings Raise GOP Ire, Nearly Scuttle Judicial Nomination

By Christian Nolan and Paul Sussman |

After New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden was confirmed as a Connecticut federal judge on Nov. 20, his supporters spoke of him in glowing terms.

A Gun Control Law That's Right on Target

What should happen when a person in possession of a firearm tells a family member or a counselor that he intends to shoot himself or someone else?

Conn. Judge Passes Away, Spent 20 Years as Cold War Prisoner

By Jay Stapleton |

Judge John Downey got a late start on his legal career, with good reason. As a CIA agent, he had been held for 20 years in a Chinese prison. On Monday, state officials recalled both Downey's legal career and his service to his country on learning of his death at 84.

Stephen Murphy

Ruling Limits Homeowner Liability for Clearing Snowy Sidewalks

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a trial judge's decision to toss out an injured Enfield woman's lawsuit against a neighbor whom the woman said was responsible for shoveling snow and ice on the public sidewalk near their home.


Norm Pattis: No Need to Stew Over Heart Attack Scare

By Norm Pattis |

I was hoping to avoid the need to make this sordid confession, but Mark DuBois, former chief disciplinary counsel, now bar president and fellow Law Tribune columnist, makes it necessary. He referred the other day to my fear of having had a heart attack.

Amaris Elliott-Engel

Opinion: Lawyers Should Join Fight for Access to Information

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

For the past year, my byline has appeared in the Connecticut Law Tribune atop freelance news articles. But this time, I'm writing to discuss how the day job I've held for the last 14 months exemplifies how lawyers can use their law degrees without working for traditional legal practices.

Timothy Corey

Owners of Leaky Luxury Condos Get $5.3 Million Arbitration Award

By Christian Nolan |

Water problems in a high-end condominium complex built on a former industrial site on Stonington Harbor led to a long-running legal dispute between residents and architects after water began leaking into the condos.

Conn. Electric Provider Faces $50 Million Class Action

By Jay Stapleton |

A Connecticut energy company faces a potential class action from consumers who are upset that their electric bills have gone up instead of down. The claim against Middlebury-based Starion Energy seeks $50 million.

The Passing of A Giant

We mourn the passing of one of Connecticut's greatest citizens and a giant of the bench and bar. Judge John T. Downey died Nov. 17 at the age of 84

Father Pleads Not Guilty in Son's Hot Car Death

By Law Tribune and Staff Reports |

A Connecticut father charged with causing his 15-month-old son's death by leaving him in the car for hours on a hot July day has pleaded not guilty.

Guest Commentary: Political Correctness Runs Amok

By James B. Lyon |

According to Wikipedia, the term "political correctness" refers to enforced language, ideas or policies that address perceived discrimination against political, social or economic groups.

Judge Strikes Down Worker's Whistleblower Complaint

By Christian Nolan |

A decision by a Superior Court judge may bring some clarity to the state's whistleblower statute.

Appellate Practitioners Team Up to Form New Firm

By Jay Stapleton |

Two appellate lawyers who got to know each other in courthouses working on similar legal matters throughout the state have decided to join forces and launch a new firm.

New Haven's Bolden Confirmed as Federal Judge


New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden was narrowly confirmed on Thursday, Nov. 20, for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court in Connecticut.

Agostinho Ribeiro

Lawyer Accuses GM of Keeping Conn. Driver’s Death Secret

By Jay Stapleton |

It appears that a Litchfield County woman was the first person in the United States to die due to a widely disclosed faulty ignition system problem in many General Motors cars. Now, her family has hired high-powered legal help in an attempt to obtain compensation.

ADA Lawsuit Demands Audio Recordings From Courts

By Isaac Avilucea |

The state Judicial Branch might need some aspirin—in addition to help from the Attorney General's Office—to defend it from a lawsuit filed by an East Lyme man who is suing because he says he suffers from debilitating headaches.

Editorial: A Welcome Decision Regarding Foreclosures

A decision released this past summer by the Connecticut Appellate Court, CitiMortgage v. Rey, No. AC 35539 (June 3, 2014), makes for a fairly dry read, but it's important and may materially alter the playing field between mortgage lenders and borrowers.

Jury Returns $640,000 Verdict in High-Profile S&M Case

By Isaac Avilucea |

The estate of a disabled woman involved in a sadomasochistic relationship with a man she met online has been awarded nearly $640,000 by a jury following a lengthy trial. With offer of compromise interest added, the family of Caroline Kendall Kortner will receive more than $935,000.

Two More Well-Known Former Judges Pass Away

By Paul Sussman |

Judge Joseph Steinberg was perhaps known mostly for his work outside the courtroom, serving as a moderator for a Connecticut Public Television program. Judge John Maiocco Jr., meanwhile, also had an interesting non-legal career, serving in Bridgeport city politics and in the legislature before presiding for more than 30 years over criminal and civil cases in a Bridgeport courthouse.

Editorial: Banning Books Harms Education and Critical Thinking

Every year in the fall, First Amendment advocates join librarians, teachers, and journalists to celebrate Banned Books Week.

New Hires Boost Ranks at Conn. U.S. Attorney's Office

By Isaac Avilucea |

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has hired seven attorneys, including the newest arrival, U.S. Assistant Attorney Avi Perry, since lifting an employment freeze earlier this year. Avi, a former associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, started working in the office's financial fraud and public corruption unit on Nov. 17.

Maurice Sendak

Famous Author’s Rare Books Prompt Probate Fight

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Ridgefield author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died in 2012 in Danbury Hospital, is widely viewed as the most important children's book artist of the 20th century.

Indignant Attorney Appeals 20-Day Suspension

By Isaac Avilucea |

New Haven defense attorney John Williams has appealed a decision to suspend his law license for 20 days.

Court Orders License Suspension of Convicted Attorney

By Isaac Avilucea |

Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier, who was convicted in September on money-laundering charges, will have his law license suspended at the beginning of December, according to a court order issued on Nov. 13.

Editorial: Prosecutor's Charging Function: More Discretion Needed?

State court prosecutors in Connecticut should carefully exercise their charging function, and should not let the police determine charges in warrantless arrests.

Bruce Elstein

Conn. Medical Records Ruling Could Have Widespread Impact

By Jay Stapleton |

In a first-of-its-kind decision in the state, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that patients can bring negligence lawsuits against health care providers that violate federal privacy regulations.

Feuding Former Partners Go to Court Over Firm Finances

By Jay Stapleton |

Although it's not unusual for disputes to arise when law firm partners part ways, the disintegration of a Stamford firm has been described as "particularly troublesome" by a Superior Court judge who granted a prejudgment remedy to one of the former partners.

Plaintiff Who Endured Beating While Defending Women Awarded $300,000

By Isaac Avilucea |

A young man who claimed he was attacked by four men while walking along an usually quiet bike path near the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs recently was awarded more than $320,000 in damages.

James Sullivan

State Launches Another Attempt to Disbar Torrington Lawyer

By Isaac Avilucea |

State disciplinary officials are not waiting for a Superior Court judge to make a final decision on whether suspended Torrington attorney Ira Mayo should be disbarred for allegedly violating an agreement not to represent female clients.

Survey: Conn. Leads Nation in Providing Court Access

By Jay Stapleton |

When it comes to providing improved access to the courts for people with disabilities or who speak languages other than English, Connecticut is at the top of the list.

Threats Against Conn. Judges Lead to Indictment

By Isaac Avilucea |

A South Florida man charged in September with sending threatening letters to Connecticut officials and residents finally faced a federal judge this week in Hartford.

Partner at D.C. Firm to be New Yale General Counsel

By Jay Stapleton |

A partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan Lovells will become Yale's next vice president and general counsel. Alex Dreier, whose practice focuses on higher education, will assume the post on March 23, 2015.

MIchael LaMonica

Assistant AG’s First Book Focuses on French Revolution

By Amy F. Goodusky |

Prose with color illustrations might seem inconsequential, but attorney Michael LaMonica's work tackles a serious subject: the French Revolution.

Jose Luis Piscil

Conn. Lawsuit, Immigration Lawyers Call for Deportation Policy Change

By Isaac Avilucea |

When President Barack Obama took to the airwaves last week to unveil an immigration reform proposal, a lot of people took notice. None more so, however, than Jose Luis Piscil.

'Fair Fight' Turns Into Court Battle Over Self-Defense Law

By Christian Nolan |

A woman convicted of stabbing her opponent during what was supposed to be a weaponless "fair fight" claims the trial judge gave incorrect and misleading jury instructions about the state's self-defense statute.